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The Hortus store & cafe

The Hortus Cafe - temporarily closed.

The Orangery is a centuries-old national monument. In fact, tropical plants were already cultivated in wooden greenhouses on this spot in 1715. The current Orangery building was built in 1875 as a lecture hall. The name Orangery refers to the early function as a storage place for citrus plants (in particular orange trees) during winter time. For many years now, the Orangery serves as Hortus café for our visitors to the garden. Surrounded by numerous rare and exotic plants, it is one of the most beautiful outdoor cafés in Amsterdam.

The Hortus café is temporarily closed.


Venue hire
The Orangery is also an attractive venue for exclusive parties, receptions, and dinners and it is possible to hold meetings or give presentations there. More information can be found on our venue page.

Orangery to go

Unfortunately, the Hortus café and terrace will remain closed for a while. However, we will be serving from our to-go bar next to the main entrance on Plantage Middenlaan, so that you can still enjoy your favourite coffee or cake every day.

The Hortus Café takeaway is open every day ( when the weather is nice) from 11:00 – 17:00 hours.

Walking through the Hortus is unfortunately not possible for a while. But discovering the sights around the Hortus is of course still possible. For the (active) city walkers the Hortus has therefore put together a free walking map called ‘Koffierondje’; a short city walk around the garden. Get your free walking map at the main entrance.

The Hortus store - temporarily closed.

The Hortus store is located in the former director’s home. The building, originally built in 17th century, but rebuilt in chalet style in 1862, has been used as an office, shop and gatehouse. In the Hortus store you can find plants (taken directly from the auction), and a carefully selected range of gardening tools, books, postcards, jewellery, and stationary. You can also find Hortus products, like, bags, Tshirts, notebooks, and postcards decorated with reproductions of the famous Moninckx atlas (late 17th and 18th centuries), but more exclusive are our co-productions with local artists and manufacturers, such as candy with Pappabubble, recycled bannerbags, or posters and Tshirts.

Friends of the Hortus receive a 10% discount on purchases in the store. Discount does not apply to books, art and discounted products. Your purchases in the Hortus store support in the maintenance of  the garden and greenhouses.

shopping on appointment

From Friday 5 March onwards, it is possible again to shop on appointment in the Hortus store. Shopping with an appointment is possible the coming period on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 and 16:00 hours. You can make an appointment by sending an e-mail to with the preferred date and time of day.

Questions? Let us know

You can reach us on our general number: +31 20 625 9021